Saturday, 10 June 2017

Ancient artifacts from Mosul Museum found in ISIS home

The Iraqi Ministry of Interior on Tuesday announced the recovery of  artefacts belonging to the Mosul Museum in Mosul city (G.H. Renaud, 'Ancient artifacts from Mosul Museum found in IS home'', Kurdystan net, 6 June 2017). They were found inside the house of Islamic State (IS) militants on the eastern side of the city.  While militants filmed themselves smashing up items in the museum, when the latter was liberated, it was found that many objects had been taken away
 In later reports, it was discovered some antiquities were sold and trafficked by the militants. Iraqi forces recaptured the museum from the extremists on the western side of Mosul in March, but the museum and its content suffered significant damage. IS militants destroyed items left in the museum and part of the collection is still missing, assumed to be stolen or smuggled out of Iraq. The extremist group took over the museum in 2014 when it first emerged in Iraq.

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